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Topic # 245080 17-Jan-2019 18:36
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I can't believe what I just saw on TV3 news. PB Tech used dash cam footage of a real accident to promote a dash cam promotion. They did't even bother to censor faces of people involved and even made fun of them as part of the promotion with the tagline: 'how to drop some weight to make a speedy getaway'.

 

PB Tech didn't bother to respond to TV3's request for comment.

 

A few months ago there was the Commerce Commission fines for selling extended warranties without giving customers the proper information. And now this.

 

I'll give them a pass in the foreseeable.

 

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  Reply # 2162699 17-Jan-2019 18:48
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some marketers believe all news is good news even if its bad.

 

Personally, I think there's an element of truth in that.

 

What is it that annoys you about the video?

 

the non-blurring of faces?

 

the making fun of a plus size PI woman?

 

 


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  Reply # 2162700 17-Jan-2019 18:50
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I saw this yesterday when I checked the daily deals.  Thought it was going to ruffle some feathers.  Personally I don't care, but that's the world we live in.


 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 2162701 17-Jan-2019 18:51
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They did censor the faces of most people involved. The only face which wasn't censored was that of the driver, who was not clearly visible behind the glass of the vehicle.

 

PB Tech received a $77k fine. The Noel Leeming Group has just received a $200k fine. Perhaps that puts the level of offending in perspective?

 

I have zero problem with their use of a video they own (or had permission to use), taken in a public place, for promotional purposes.

 

Fat shaming? Give me a break.


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  Reply # 2162703 17-Jan-2019 18:59
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I see nothing wrong with the video. 





Information wants to be free. The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it.




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  Reply # 2162708 17-Jan-2019 19:16
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nathan:

 

What is it that annoys you about the video?

 

the non-blurring of faces?

 

the making fun of a plus size PI woman?

 

 

Yes and yes.

 

How would you feel if a company put out a video of you in an embarrassing situation as part of a nationwide promotion, without your knowledge or consent, and used the promotion to poke fun at your physical appearance in the process?


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  Reply # 2162709 17-Jan-2019 19:17
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It's actually a really good sales-point for owning a dashcam.

 

For most people it's a "don't need one of those" until something they get into a hit and run, and then it's "Oh I wish I got that guys license plate!" whilst wearing the $300 insurance deductible..

 

 

 

I don't possibly agree with PB techs moral compass, in this case sales motive aside it's a good PSA for owning/buying a dashcam.


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  Reply # 2162710 17-Jan-2019 19:20
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The 'drop some weight bit' wasn't needed... but I see no issues with the rest of the ad.

 

 


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  Reply # 2162712 17-Jan-2019 19:24
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I wasn't impressed with how they market a speed detector as a safety device.  i think they just have a dumbarse doing their marketing.


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  Reply # 2162716 17-Jan-2019 19:32
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Mark:

 

I wasn't impressed with how they market a speed detector as a safety device.  i think they just have a dumbarse doing their marketing.

 

 

and yet here we are talking about them, giving them free advertising, for a real dashcam advert that cost them $0 to make

 

dash cams seem like a safety device to me.  If that accident had happened in the middle of the night, the victim would have no proof, as they'd have no evidence, since the offending driver chose to disregard multiple laws.

 

 


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  Reply # 2162717 17-Jan-2019 19:34
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I think it was a great promotion, but then again I choose to not get offended at every little thing there is.





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  Reply # 2162718 17-Jan-2019 19:35
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I'm impressed by the dashcam. The title isn't a good look for pbtech. I doubt pbtech intended to do the cause offense and go viral thing intentionally.


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  Reply # 2162719 17-Jan-2019 19:39
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nathan: If that accident had happened in the middle of the night, the victim would have no proof, as they'd have no evidence, since the offending driver chose to disregard multiple laws.

In this case plenty of evidence. Everything else being equal except midnight, there are be multiple witnesses, including other cars stopped at the lights. Dashcam not required.

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  Reply # 2162720 17-Jan-2019 19:39
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dafman:

 

nathan:

 

What is it that annoys you about the video?

 

the non-blurring of faces?

 

the making fun of a plus size PI woman?

 

 

Yes and yes.

 

How would you feel if a company put out a video of you in an embarrassing situation as part of a nationwide promotion, without your knowledge or consent, and used the promotion to poke fun at your physical appearance in the process?

 

 

PC is strong in NZ

 

in the YT video I watched, every face or license plate that I could make out are blurred

 

If I was in the offending car in that video, I would be upset at the male driver for

 

     

  1. not caring about following distances
  2. fleeing the scene of an accident
  3. driving off while I've got one leg in the car

 

In some ways, its a little bit like blaming the Police for killing 3 teenagers, when they steal a car, refuse to stop and crash into a tree


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  Reply # 2162721 17-Jan-2019 19:40
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gzt:
nathan: If that accident had happened in the middle of the night, the victim would have no proof, as they'd have no evidence, since the offending driver chose to disregard multiple laws.

In this case plenty of evidence. Everything else being equal except midnight, there are be multiple witnesses, including other cars stopped at the lights. Dashcam not required.

 

it appears, we're in violent agreement


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  Reply # 2162724 17-Jan-2019 19:42
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I purchased a phone from PB Tech last year it is the last time I will buy from them, no because of this advertisement which is in bad taste but due to their dreadful customer service and the terrible attitude of their staff.





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